Ways to Give/Events

Annual Fund – Like all independent schools, tuition does not cover the full cost of an Erie Day School education for everyone. The Annual Fund helps to bridge the gap between tuition and the cost of educating each student. It is a vital part of the annual operating budget, contributing to every part of the school’s operation, such as: financial assistance; professional development; visual and performing arts supplies; athletics; technology improvements; buildings and grounds needs; and more. We are grateful for the loyal support of current parents, alumni, trustees, faculty and staff, parents of alumni, grandparents, and friends. Your donation, by December 31st each year, improves the quality of education each student receives as EDS prepares the next generation of graduates.

Capital Campaign – Erie Day School is responding to the challenge of fulfilling its mission by embarking on the ‘Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow’ Capital Campaign. This effort will address Erie Day School’s most urgent facility and endowment needs and secure as many of EDS’ long-range goals as possible during this three-year effort.  The vision to perpetuate Erie Day School’s standard of excellence and provide the necessary resources for the ever-changing education landscape is ambitious, yet achievable, with the investment of the entire Erie Day School community for the beneficiaries are the students.

EITC/OSTC – For anyone who owns a business or can influence a business owner who pays business taxes in PA, consider this – if the business qualifies and makes a donation to Erie Day School, up to 90% of that donation amount can be taken off a company’s bottom line at tax time. That means: a $1,000 donation has a net cost of $100; a $40,000 donation has a net cost of $4,000; and a $100,000 donation has a net cost of $10,000. While it costs the business ten cents on the dollar, every penny of the donation goes directly to Erie Day School scholarships. To receive tax credits, businesses must be approved to make contributions to Scholarship Organizations; Pre-K Scholarship Organizations; and/or Opportunity Scholarship Organizations – of which Erie Day School is among. Applications for the EITC/OSTC Programs must now be completed and submitted online at newPA.com or www.esa.dced.state.pa.us. Applications for tax credits for program fiscal year 2016-17 (July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017) will be accepted beginning July 1, 2016, and are processed on a first-come-first-served basis by submission date.

Endowment – Building our endowment is essential to Erie Day School’s long-term sustainability, helping us to continue providing an outstanding learning environment for future generations of students. Endowment gifts are professionally invested to provide long term growth income for the School’s technology systems, financial aid, and faculty support. Gifts to the endowment may be of any size, and every gift will make a difference in the life of a future student at Erie Day School.

Erie Gives Day – Thank you donors!  Held on August 9th, 2016, Erie Gives Day (www.eriegives.org) took place from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  This one-day, 12-hour on-line event, hosted by the Erie Community Foundation, included a pro-rated match percentage of each donation made to Erie Day School from a pool of over $250,000 - making your gift go even further.  Donations positively impact the quality of education our students receive and set the foundation for their lifelong learning.  For additional information, go to www.eriegives.org

Matching gifts – Corporate matching gifts are a great way for Erie Day School parents, alumni and friends to maximize personal contributions and increase the impact of their gift. By taking advantage of a company’s matching gift benefit, you may be able to double or even triple the amount of a contribution. Please let us know when you contribute that your company offers matching gifts.  Erie Day School has received matching gifts from:  Erie Insurance, GE Transportation and PNC Bank among others. 

In Memory / In Honor of - Tribute and memorial gifts in honor of friends and family are an especially meaningful way to celebrate special occasions and remember loved ones while supporting Erie Day School. Contributions can be made in support of specific programs or departments upon your request. Please include the name and address of the honored individual or family, and we will notify them of your thoughtful and considerate gesture. All inquiries are confidential and without obligation.

Planned Giving – Planned giving offers you the chance to give to Erie Day School now or after your lifetime, helping you align your charitable giving with your overall financial and estate plans. Many giving options even offer you financial benefits, allowing you to make the greatest impact on our students while maintaining the future security of you and your loved ones. Thank you for considering a gift to Erie Day School.

Scholarships – Erie Day School offers donors the ability to offer a scholarships.  Contact Kim Connelly, Director, Admissions, at 814-452-4273 for additional information.

Spartan Fund – The Erie Day School faculty and coaches help students become effective leaders and team players – both in the traditional classroom and numerous activities outside of the classroom. In this way, students develop character as much as good sportsmanship and physical skill – enriching the experiences of our student population. Unfortunately, some Erie Day School families have financial limitations that make it difficult to have their student(s) participate in extracurricular activities (examples of needed costs include: fees for experiential trips or tournaments, costumes/ uniforms and equipment). The Erie Day School Spartan Fund was established in 2012 to help those student(s) and families in need. Spartan Fund allocations are not to exceed $100 per student/per year.

Wish List – Throughout every school year, Erie Day School faculty modify and expand their curriculum which enhances a students’ learning but may have unexpected costs. Posted in the EDS Chalkboard quarterly are items from faculty that can be donated or purchased through the school.


Erie Day School hosts several events throughout the year – the mix gives anyone the opportunity to attend, sit on an event Committee or be a corporate sponsor. All funds raised go directly to Erie Day School and its programs.

Glitter & Glow Ladies of All Ages Tea
This exciting ‘ladies of all ages’ event with a 'Glitter & Glow' theme, will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Erie Bayfront Sheraton.  Many thanks to last year's sponsors:  Doleski & Wolford Orthodontics, Marquette Savings Bank, Mercyhurst Preparatory School, NW PA Pet Emergency Center and UPMC.  The event will include: a ‘tea’ style menu; fashion show by E. Lane Boutique; raffle items; vendor shopping, face painting by Taradoodles, and make-up and manicures.  Check back for a complete list of details as the date draws closer.

The Auction at Erie Day School
Scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2017, The Auction at Erie Day School will be a fun-filled evening with a 'Diamonds & Denim' theme. Lively music by Colonel Mustard, a delicious dinner by Sabella's, live and silent auction items as well as student art and raffles are all a part of this evening. Further details will be posted as the date draws closer.

Fun Color Run & Walk
Boys, girls, fathers, mothers, friends and families can all get in on the crazy color fun and turn the color of a rainbow by participating in Erie Day School’s unique event. Run or walk through Frontier Park on Saturday, May 27, 2017, while being 'colored’ the shades of a rainbow at red, orange, yellow, blue, green and purple ‘color stations,’ (a complimentary white t-shirt will be distributed to all participants). The Fun Color Run is a loop around the park property – following its paths and trails – the more loops you do, the more colorful you get. Whether you’re an experienced runner or a casual walker – this event is for you. Please note this is not a ‘timed’ event.

To make a tax deductible donation or for additional information, contact Julie Kresge, CFRE, Director, Development & Marketing, at 814-452-4273.